The Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative aiming to change people’s perception of dementia.
A Dementia Friend is someone who learns about dementia so they can help their community. Many people affected by dementia feel society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding.
Dementia Friends Champions
In 2018, Sarah and Jodie from Biddulph Town Council volunteered to become Dementia Friends Champions and subsequently ran several information sessions – creating 256 Dementia Friends in the town. We’d like to increase this figure.
If you’d like to become a Dementia Friend, please contact us on 01782 498480.
We’d love to include young people in our community – so if you’re involved with a school or youth group please get in touch.
A Dementia Friends session, designed by the Alzheimer’s Society, lasts about an hour, is free to attend and is open to everyone.
Sessions can take place within the Town Hall or a group session can be arranged at your workplace/venue.
Dementia Friendly Community
Biddulph Town Council is working on an action plan that will help to make Biddulph a Dementia Friendly Community, where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.
In a Dementia Friendly Community people will be aware of and understand dementia, so that people with dementia can continue to live in the way they want to and in the community they choose.
The action plan was updated in October 2021 and can be viewed here: Dementia Action Plan October 2021
Here’s a link to a checklist – advising how to improve your building/premises for people with dementia: Dementia Friendly Environments Checklist.
Dementia Friendly Cinema
Dementia Friendly Cinema restarted in September 2021 – see our website Events page for information.